PhD Studentship 2013 - Responsible Research and Innovation

Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, Faculty of Technology, De Montfort University, Leicester


STARTING April 2013 / July 2013


A PhD research studentship covering stipend (£13,770 p.a.) and tuition fee costs within the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR), (Faculty of Technology) working with an internationally recognised research team is available to suitably qualified UK or EU students.


The project will be in the area of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) theory and practice. It will be located in the context of the EU FP7 research project GREAT (Governance of REsponsible innovATion) which started in February 2013. For initial information on the GREAT project, check the project website:


The studentship furthermore builds on earlier work undertaken in the area, including previous and current EU (ETICA,; CONSDIER, and current UK funded projects (FRRIICT, conducted within the CCSR. These projects have identified emerging technologies, their ethical issues, and methods for fostering good, ethical governance and practice in research and innovation. These research activities feed into the broader field of RRI. The studentship will contribute to this debate.


Areas this PhD studentship might explore include the following:

  • Critical review of current theories and practices of RRI
  • Applicability of RRI methods or procedures between different fields
  • Shortcomings and limitations of discourses around RRI
  • Methods for evaluation of RRI activities and initiatives
  • Methods for implementing and disseminating RRI


The project can build on the findings of the GREAT ETICA, CONSIDER and FRRIICT projects.


In addition to the projects already mentioned, the CCSR will lead a work packages in another recently awarded European networking project on RRI (RESPONSIBILITY) which will run in parallel to the GREAT project. The successful applicant will therefore be able to access current discussions and contribute immediately to European policy formulation.


Since 2008 the CCSR has led successful research application worth more than £3 million in research funding and been involved in projects worth another £3 million. All of the funded projects feed directly into research and policy discussions on RRI in ICT. The Centre boasts an active research agenda and a significant number of postgraduate students, with opportunities for the successful student to become involved in a supportive, enthusiastic, and collegial atmosphere aimed at fostering the highest quality of research and significant impact of research output.


For a more detailed description of the studentship project please visit our web site ( or contact Prof. Bernd Stahl on +44 116 207 8252 or email


This research opportunity builds on our excellent achievements in the past and looking forward to REF2014 and beyond. It will develop the university’s research capacity into new and evolving areas of study, enhancing DMU’s national and international research partnerships.


Applications are invited from UK or EU students with a good first degree (First, 2:1 or equivalent) in a relevant subject.  Doctoral scholarships are available for up to three years full-time study starting April 2013 and provide a bursary of £13,770pa in addition to university tuition fees.


To receive an application pack, please contact the Graduate School Office via email at  Completed applications should be returned together with a full CV and two supporting references.


Please quote ref:  DMU Research Scholarships 2013


CLOSING DATE:  15 March 2013

Posted on Friday 15th February 2013

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